About Us

The irish Play Therapy Association
The  Irish Play Therapy Association has been setup to establish and maintain standards for play therapists and to inform and protect members of the public seeking and availing of their service.
All Full members are expected to adhere to the code of practice which aims to provide a framework for addressing ethical issues and to encourage the highest standard of practice.
Play therapy is the dynamic process between child / adolescent and play therapist, in which the child / adolescent explores, at his or her pace and with his or her own agenda, those issues past and current, conscious and unconscious, that may be impacting on the child’s / adolescent’s life in the present. The child’s / adolescent’s inner resources are enabled by the therapeutic alliance to bring about growth and change. Play therapy is child centred, in which play is viewed as the primary medium and speech may operate as the secondary medium.
Play therapy encompasses many approaches, but the foundation of all approaches are child / adolescent centred.